Rafael van der Vaart was at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday and spoke so highly of Son Heung-min ahead of Spurs’ win over Aston Villa.
After a difficult September and going into the game on the back of three Premier League losses, it was a must-win for Nuno Espirito Santo and his Tottenham side.
Spurs’ Europa Conference League game on Thursday saw them beat NS Mura 5-1, which would’ve given them some confidence when returning to the Premier League, albeit the win being against a side at a much lower level than what they are used to.
After going 1-0 up from a Pierre Emile Hojbjerg goal, Ollie Watkins equalised for Aston Villa in the second half but Tottenham put up the fight they were missing in the North London Derby and won the game after a Matt Target own goal.
Van der Vaart made 63 Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites and the attacking midfielder scored 24 league goals and registered 15 assists during his time in north London.
The Dutchman was in N17 to support Spurs in their 2-1 victory against Dean Smith’s side and he spoke before the game about Son, who he has played with before, when they were both at Hamburg.
“There was only one player I felt…he’s the one and that was Sonny,” he said about seeing the South Korean play in Germany, on N17 live.
The 38-year-old revealed that German newspapers started calling them father and son whilst they played together and he only had good things to say about Son on Sunday.
“Then we start playing together and we were so good together…Every time when I see him scoring here [Tottenham Hotspur Stadium]…I’m so happy for him.”
Son joined the club in 2015 and has become one of many Tottenham fans’ favourite players, delighting many when he signed a new four-year contract with the club in the summer.
The 29-year-old has already scored three goals and got an assist so far this season and his former teammate explained his thoughts on the South Korean and his future – saying he thinks he could spend his entire career at Spurs.
“He’s so humble, he’s so thankful that he’s playing here…I think he could stay his whole life here,” he said.
The forward had a particularly good game against Villa, assisting Hojbjerg’s goal and producing a high-energy performance and this didn’t go unnoticed by fans or the Tottenham boss.
“Sonny, the way he took the team forward and the way he imbalanced them on one v one situations was very important, but all the team, there were a lot of good individual performances and when this happens the team plays better, it is natural so I am pleased,” Espirito Santo said in his post-match press conference.
The South Korean is proving a key part of the Tottenham squad and he has been even more crucial with Harry Kane having a slower start to the season, failing to score a Premier League goal so far this season.
Son and Kane showed their powerful teamwork when they broke the record for the most combination goals in a single season, in March. The England captain looks closer to getting his first league goal of the campaign and this may set the ground running for the two to get some more combination goals.
Spurs’ next game is against Newcastle, after the international break, and they will be hoping they are back to their winning ways from the start of the season, after Sunday’s result.
Source by Football London